OAKLAND, CA, May 13, 2015 (RISI) -North American forest products rail freight was down 4.4% in the latest week ending May 9, 2015, at 18,290 carloads, the Assn of American Railroads reported. Volume through 18 weeks of 2015 at 338,972 carloads was 3.2% higher.
US forest products freight in the week was down 3.9%, Canada was down 5.1% and Mexico was up 8.7%. Year-to-date US traffic was down 0.2%, Canada was 8.9% higher, and Mexico was 26.4% lower.
Total North American rail carloads through 18 weeks was down 0.6%, AAR showed.
Genesee and Wyoming reported its North American pulp and paper rail freight in April was up 8% to 15,217 carloads. Lumber and forest products was up 0.4% to 11,918 carloads.